Entries by Christopher Epplett


Vander Fest evolves for fifth annual celebration

SPRING LAKE TOWNSHIP — The evolution of Vander Fest brought the event to new territory on Saturday. Now in its fifth year, the annual craft cider and beer celebration hosted by Vander Mill Cider and Winery had a new angle on the event. Instead of inviting breweries to create specialty beers using Vander Mill’s sweet […]

Capping off the warm weather with Odd Side

Ain’t No Sunshine When Saison 6% ABV — You might not think that smoke and fruit work together. Surprisingly, Ain’t No Sunshine pulls this off very well, in a sweet, peppered brew that is balanced well. Banana, along with other citrus fruits, make for a crisp yet sweet fruity flavor, encompassed along with a peppered […]


Keeping it on the Odd Side

Certainly its name is not a misnomer. When it comes to the eccentric, strange or just plain odd, Grand Haven’s Odd Side Ales advertises itself accurately. Since opening its taproom doors in March 2010 — on St. Patrick’s Day weekend — the brewery hasn’t been afraid to offer products on a wide range of the […]

New Holland Big Fiets Dutch Lager

6.5% ABV, Draft Appearance: Golden tone, no head with minimal carbonation Aroma: Malty, there are sweet and slightly fruity scents Taste: Sweet malts come forward with good rounded flavor and a nice hoppy finish. Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a lighter to medium carbonation, this is an easy drinker. Likeable for its style, Big Fiets packs a […]

New Holland Our New Lake

4.9% ABV, Draft Appearance: Copper with a thin light head Aroma: Malty Taste: Malt-forward with plenty of bread-like flavors. It finishes fairly strong, dry and bitter. Mouthfeel: Creamy with a low level of carbonation. This cask conditioned collaborative brew certainly matches its name with plenty of traditional English ale flavor and delivers on being bready, […]